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      180 Days Book Study - Online
Target Group: Secondary Language Arts Teachers

Balancing whole class reading and writing study with student choice independence is a challenge. Having two language arts gurus as guides can make this challenge a bit more manageable.

Participants in this course will read, 180 Days, by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle along with supporting resources. Participants will engage in thoughtful online discussions and will prepare an implementation plan, including unit/lesson plans, for incorporating the strategies and routines from this book into their own classroom.

There will be weekly deadlines for this book study.

Please plan to obtain a copy of this book no later than June 22nd.

      Co-Teaching for Cooperating Teachers [A]
Target Group: Licensed K-12 teachers.

St. Vrain is committed to growing and supporting the best talent. Starting summer 2020, all cooperating teacher/student-teacher placements will utilize a results-based co-teaching model in which a cooperating teacher and a teacher candidate work together with groups of students, sharing the planning, organization, delivery, and assessment, as well as the physical space. Co-teaching leads to higher student achievement and stronger teacher preparation.

This class, which is mandatory for all SVVSD cooperating teachers, will consist of 2 Schoology modules. The first module will kick off with a 1 hour WebEx meeting. The second module will be embedded in the co-teaching experience for application with your student teacher.

In order to receive credit or the stipend, participants must be co-teaching with a student teacher either in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.

Cooperating teachers will be able to do the following:

  • Articulate what co-teaching is/is not and why it has the potential to impact student-teacher practice and student involvement
  • Identify the differences between Co-Teaching and Traditional model in student teaching
  • Distinguish among various models of Co-Teaching by comparing and contrasting attributes of each
  • Develop an identity as a role-model for inclusive equity principles and practices
  • Identify the different roles co-teachers might take in the partnership
  • Collaboratively assess and provide feedback to students
  • Efficiently use time and different models for co-planning
  • Use a variety of data models
  • Value the importance of co-teaching as an element of teacher leadership and uphold SVVSD professional practices and expectations
  • Utilize video to reflect on the co-teaching implementation
  • Build trust and create a positive co-teaching partnership with a teacher candidate
  • Use surveys to reflect on co-teaching partnership and make necessary adjustments
  • Support teacher candidates during the four stages of concern
      Colorado Medication Administration Training for Unlicensed Assistive Personnel
Target group: Any staff, licensed or classified, who administers medications to students. This meets requirements for delegation under the RN license.
      Comprehensive ELA in the Elementary Classroom: Writing
Instructors: Karen Smith & Sarah Wegert

In the elementary classroom, it is essential that we design comprehensive Language Arts instruction that addresses the Five Components of Reading necessary for student success in literacy. This involves considering how we might align our intentions within all four blocks of ELA instruction at the elementary level (Whole Group, Small Group, Foundational Skills/Word Analysis, Writing). This course is designed to support teachers as they explore current research on writing instruction and translate that research into practice within the Writing block of Language Arts instruction. Participants will deepen their instructional practice by developing their own Theory of Action that takes into account critical considerations for effective Language Arts instruction and student achievement in writing.

Please note, this course will be online with one face-to-face meeting.

The face-to-face meeting will be on March 31, 4:15 - 6:15, at the Clover Basin ESC.
      Creating Online Professional Development in Schoology Part 1 [A]
Note: This is not a class about how to teach your students online, but about making your own professional development course to teach to other educators.

Are you an expert in an area of learning? Are you passionate about Tier 1 teaching techniques? Do you love collaborating with other teachers to get better at your craft? Or do you feel like there are no professional development courses out there for you? Then consider taking this course! This course will train you to teach your own online professional development courses in schoology to other SVVSD teachers.

There are two parts to the course. Part 1 focuses on how to take what we know about effective teaching techniques and figure out how best to apply them to adult learners online.
      Creating Online Professional Development in Schoology Part 2 [A]
Target group: Teachers who have taken Creating Online Professional Development in Schoology Part 1

Instructor: Katelynn Ryan

You are ready to take what you have learned from part 1 and complete the creation of your application to teach the course as well as actually create the course you will offer in schoology.
      Digital Tools to Energize and Enhance Elementary Student Learning [A]
Target Group: Elementary Educators

Elementary educators come and explore all the applications that St. Vrain as to offer such as, Do Ink Green Screen, Seesaw, Notability, Explain Everything, and many more!

You will participate in the course using a flipped self-paced model. This will allow you to learn/explore applications that are available in self-service while thinking about the best way to use them with your students.

      Elementary Social Studies Adoption Training [A]
Target Group: Elementary Classroom Teachers

Teachers will understand and be able to do the following:

(1) navigate the platform,

(2) see the connection between the adopted resources, district created resources, and the revised Colorado Academic Standards,

(3) see how a lesson is conducted using these resources,

(4) use a variety of formative and summative assessments,

(5) see the alignment with ReadyGen, and

(6) apply what they have learned by creating and submitting a final assignment they can use in their own classroom.
      Finding Calm - Online Course [A]
Instructor: Nicole Schmidt

Target group: All staff

Teaching is exhausting! It is estimated that teachers make over 1,500 decisions a day! The high-intensity emotions and the worry that come along with teaching are draining. In this online course, you will rejuvenate and energize by practicing mindfulness, self compassion, gratitude, emotional processing, and self-care strategies.

You will learn how to work smarter, not harder and learn practical strategies to organize and prioritize.

This class is sure to help you find calm in the chaos inside and outside of your classroom!

      Intention: Critical Creativity for the Classroom
Target group: Licensed teachers

Instructor: Farah Holburn

This course will focus on the use of active learning and critical thinking in classrooms by using various media - articles, podcasts, and the book Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom by Dan Ryder. You will develop ways to integrate active learning and critical thinking into curriculum.

You will need to purchase the book Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom by Dan Ryder.
      Mentoring Refresher: Ongoing Support for Experienced SVVSD Mentors
Instructors: Patty Hagan and Trude Burnett

This mandatory class is designed for those mentors who attended the initial mentor training before 2017/18 school year. Mentoring is a vital part of the Induction process, and we know that mentors, teachers and students all benefit. This online class will provide an overview of the recent shifts in the SVVSD mentoring model. Topics covered in this class include the following:

     Reviewing the shifts in the SVVSD mentoring model for regular Novice 1 and 2 teachers.
     Overviewing the benefits of using video while mentoring
     Moving beyond the support role while mentoring
     Engaging in structured conversations
     Navigating difficult conversations/challenges in the mentor process

This class will take 2 hours to complete online and can be done at any time. The instructor will contact you with a code for Schoology.
      Mindsets

Target group: K-12 Teachers/ Administrators.

Instructor: Casey Luker

This is an online class through Schoology.

"Growth Mindset" is a term that gets thrown around a lot in education! This class will cover the foundational elements of growth and fixed mindsets while exploring and discussing the application of mindsets within society, and more specifically schools. Our work in this course will focus on applying our learning to impact our teaching and interactions with students. In doing so, we will develop a toolbox of strategies for helping us and our students to develop a growth mindset.

Participants will need to purchase or check out from our digital library the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck and read the first two chapters of the book before the first session.

Addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards: 2A, 2C, 2D, 3A
      Practical Student Engagement
Target group: Classroom teachers

Instructor: Katelynn Ryan

Are you struggling with how to implement project based learning? Are you worried your students are losing the ability for inquiry? Are you wanting to find ways to make your students more self-reliant? Do you want to find ways to better utilize the best teaching practices effectively in the classroom without risking content? This course focuses on how to use various techniques like open-ended questions, student driven backwards design, and self-directed projects to have students focus on not just hearing the content but truly engaging with content and practicing important life skills within the process.
      Savvy Tools for Savvy Readers - Secondary - Summer 2020
Target Group: Secondary teachers, all content areas

Participants will gain knowledge of book level, content level, and text complexity through an exploration of novels and/or non-fiction text.

The class is a 8-week online class. There will not be any face-to-face meetings. Participants will be required to check in weekly for discussions and assignment submissions. Using the District Digital Library will be part of the class. iPad access is not required but is highly recommended.

Requirements for the course:

  • Read 3 novels or 9 non-fiction quick reads or combination (3 non-fiction = 1 novel) that are content and age appropriate for your class
  • Complete text complexity rubric for each
  • Create a tool to monitor student independent reading
  • Develop a “Recommended Reading List” for your class from books that are in the District Digital Library or that can be found in your school’s library
  • Engage in the weekly discussion questions with a minimum of an initial response and at least one reply to another participant
  • Final course assignment

Addresses Colorado Teacher Quality Standards: 1B, 2C
      Social, Emotional and Mental Health Awareness and Intervention in Schools (Online)
Target group: All staff

Do you feel overwhelmed with students’ whose social, emotional and mental health needs impact their learning? The goal of this class is to provide a basic introduction of common social, emotional, and mental health problems that may present among students in order to enhance detection and early intervention. In addition, participants will gain understanding of prevention, intervention, and how to access and engage supports in the school setting.
      The Book Whisperer Book Study . . . and so much more!
Instructor: Sherri Platt

Target group: Upper elementary (3rd grade or higher), middle and high school English and Literacy teachers. Teachers outside the intended audience are welcome provided they are willing to provide students with the opportunities for independent, free choice reading each day in their classroom.

Developing independent readers and students who truly want to read is a struggle all teachers encounter. In this course, we will read The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller, but the course will go beyond a traditional book study. We will look at the strategies and ideas presented in the book along with supplemental material to enhance and question the material presented in MillerŽs book.

Participants will engage in weekly discussions over an 8 week period. During each week we will explore a chapter in the book and share current research and readings that mirror the information.
      Vrain Waves Podcast - Season 1 [A]
The purpose of the Vrain Waves Podcast is to make educators more informed, inspired and connected. The instructors recorded a series of interviews with educational giants to bring discussions and insights to the ears of listeners in St. Vrain and beyond.

Listen to the 60 minute interviews to learn from education professionals around the world who will expand your thinking and energize your instruction. Listen at your own pace, follow along in social media, and bring these discussions and questions to your professional learning networks to engage in your own lifelong learning. Listen, learn, and get credit in this unique opportunity.

Join us for Vrain Waves!
      Vrain Waves Podcast - Season 2 [A]
The purpose of the Vrain Waves Podcast is to make educators more informed, inspired and connected. The instructors recorded a series of interviews with educational giants to bring discussions and insights to the ears of listeners in St. Vrain and beyond.

Listen to the 60 minute interviews to learn from education professionals around the world who will expand your thinking and energize your instruction. Listen at your own pace, follow along in social media, and bring these discussions and questions to your professional learning networks to engage in your own lifelong learning. Listen, learn, and get credit in this unique opportunity.

Join us for Vrain Waves!
      Vrain Waves Podcast - Season 3 [A]
The purpose of the Vrain Waves Podcast is to make educators more informed, inspired and connected. The instructors recorded a series of interviews with educational giants to bring discussions and insights to the ears of listeners in St. Vrain and beyond.

Listen to the 60 minute interviews to learn from education professionals around the world who will expand your thinking and energize your instruction. Listen at your own pace, follow along in social media, and bring these discussions and questions to your professional learning networks to engage in your own lifelong learning. Listen, learn, and get credit in this unique opportunity.

Join us for Vrain Waves!
      Vrain Waves Podcast - Season 4 [A]
The purpose of the Vrain Waves Podcast is to make educators more informed, inspired and connected. The instructors recorded a series of interviews with educational giants to bring discussions and insights to the ears of listeners in St. Vrain and beyond. Listen to the 60 minute interviews to learn from education professionals around the world who will expand your thinking and energize your instruction. Listen at your own pace, follow along in social media, and bring these discussions and questions to your professional learning networks to engage in your own lifelong learning. Listen, learn, and get credit in this unique opportunity. Join us for Vrain Waves!

Please note: The podcasts will start Dec. 2, half credit will become available in the spring and full credit in the summer.

*NOTE FROM THE INSTRUCTORS: Season 4 is scheduled to be finished around September or October 2020. This is an estimate and the season may not be completed until later in the year. Ben and Becky are doing their best in the new normal to put out meaningful episodes, but cannot promise an end date for those of you needing your 1.0 credit by a certain time. If youŽd like 0.5 credits for season 4, this will not affect you as we already have 8 episodes published. However, if youŽre hoping for your 1.0 credit for Season 4 by a certain time, please make other arrangements for gaining that 1.0 credit. Thank you for listening to the show!!


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